Leroy Hansberger passed away on July 5, 2018, just short of his 100th birthday. Sidney “Leroy” the son of James Leroy and Irma Lee Hansberger of Yuma, AZ, was born on Sept. 12, 1918, in Los Angeles. His family lived in Santa Monica and various other cities until his mother and stepfather, Arthur Fagg, relocated to Yucaipa when he was in late elementary school. Leroy proudly called the Yucaipa/ Redlands area home for the next 89 years.
Growing up as the oldest child during the Great Depression, Leroy was tasked with caring for his younger siblings, Gene and Marcella. The siblings had a strong bond, which is why it was not surprising that Leroy passed away just 12 days after his beloved sister.
Leroy always had an entrepreneurial spirit, he was 13 when he purchased his first work automobile. Leroy did odd jobs, such as cleaning parts at Stephenson Garage, picking fruit, delivering newspapers, and making deliveries for Sawyer’s Market.
Leroy graduated from Redlands High School in 1936, it was there that he met Helen Louise Crilly, who became his cherished wife in 1939. Leroy and Helen raised their four sons in the Redlands/ Yucaipa area. They were married just shy of 73 years, when she passed away in 2012.
After owning a small trucking company, Leroy and Glenn Whitlock acquired Tri City Concrete. When they sold the firm in 1967, it was the largest ready mix concrete company in the Inland Empire. Although Leroy continued as a businessman and investor for the rest of his life, much of his time was devoted to civic activities.
Leroy served as president of the Redlands Chamber of Commerce, the Redlands Rotary Club, Inland Action, the United Way, and served on the Board of Trustees for the University of Redlands. He played a significant role in the development of Ford Park in Redlands and was involved in the formation of the Yucaipa Parks and Recreation District. In 1962, Leroy was named the Redlands Man of the Year and in 2009 he was named to the Yucaipa Wall of Fame. Leroy spent his later years volunteering at the Mousley Museum in Yucaipa, where he met his loyal companion, Ms. Caecilia “CeCe” Johns.
Leroy was an avid boater and fisherman. His love for golf endured well past his game, which ended when he was 96 years old. His intellect and work ethic were only matched by his authentic love for his family and community.
Leroy was preceded in death by his wife Helen, son David, brother Eugene, and sister Marcella. He is survived by his sons Dennis (Karen), Doug (Becky), Don (Stephanie), his daughter-in-law Sheila, 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great-grandchildren, and CeCe Johns.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 26, at 2:30 p.m. at the Redlands County Club.